Playing with Point of View
Taught by Rachel Howard
- Started Jan 22Started Jan 22
- 265 US dollars$265
Do you want to write a story with an omniscient narrator but worry the workshop will accuse you of “head jumping”? Curious to write parts of your memoir in second person but unsure you can pull it off? If you desire the increased freedom and artistic possibility of mastering point of view but feel daunted by technicalities, this class is for you. Over four Sunday afternoons, we’ll break down the concepts you need in clear, simple terms, with a special focus on controlling psychic distance. But most important, we will play with the new imaginative possibilities, experimenting with short in-class and between-class assignments involving omniscience, third-person collective (the “we” pov), varieties of second person, and more. This exploratory, discussion-driven class for both fiction and nonfiction writers will give you the tools and experience to become skilled in point of view, exponentially increasing your writing powers. Instructor bio: Rachel Howard is the author of a novel, The Risk of Us, which the Associated Press called “simply gorgeous,” and a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder, The Lost Night, which the New York Times described as “enthralling.” Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, StoryQuarterly, Zyzzyva, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other venues. She has served as Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow and Interim Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College, and as Distinguished Visiting Writer in the MFA program at St. Mary’s College of California. Please note: Each session will be recorded and the recording made available for one week. All times are Pacific Time.
Because class size is limited, refunds are not given unless we can fill your spot.